Samsung will start producing the Exynos 5 Octa processor in Q2
With the recent announcement of the Galaxy S4, Samsung has said that their new Exynos 5 Octa processor will be going into mass production starting in the second quarter of 2013. This is also the same time frame when the Galaxy S4 is expected to be shipped worldwide.
The Exynos 5 Octa processor is an 8-core CPU which is technically comprised of two 4-core CPUs. Based on the ARM big.LITTLE architecture, the Exynos 5 processor features a quad-core Coretx-A15 processor and another Cortex-A7 quad-core processor. Samsung claims that the A15 processor will handle more CPU intensive tasks and games, while the A7 processor will handle less power-hungry tasks. This will save overall battery life by 70% than if only the A15 processor were to be used.
The Exynos 5 Octa can handle devices with displays up to 2560 x 1600 pixels,
USB 3.0 interfaces, 1080p video playback at 60 fps and
13 megapixel cameras (featured in the Galaxy S4). How power friendly the Exynos 5 Octa really is in real world usage can only be found out once the device is officially released. And if the past Samsung Galaxy phones are anything to go by, we should see the Galaxy S4 out in UAE by May.